Mango 🥭 Sap Rash aka Costa Rican Poison Ivy

So we learned something new this week…. there is a sap that comes off of mango trees that can cause a rash that presents just like poison ivy to those who are sensitive to it. (Which my family is, except for me)

On Sunday we and another family went mango picking in our neighborhood just like we did this time last year and the following day my family started dropping like flies with his terrible rash. First was Sloane, then Blake, then Nathan. Because both girls have food allergies, I first assumed that they had eaten something that they shouldn’t have. I started with hydrocortisone cream and antihistamines and that didn’t work and then a friend mentioned this mango sap rash. She had done some research because her husband had gotten a burn on his face from picking that day as well. I have to mention though that he was literally squeezing the juice into his mouth😂

Sure enough this is a real thing and I immediately started the girls on steroids and they are so much better. That’s when Nathan’s eye started swelling and he is now on steroids as well thanks to one of my nurse practitioner friends helping me out😉

These mangoes ended up being the most expensive and frustrating mangoes we’ve ever had. Hopefully they will be delicious.

Living As An Expat

While we were in The States for Christmas I mentioned being an “expat” to my mom and she looked at me funny. I realized that she didn’t know what I meant. And 3 years ago I had no idea what that word meant either. In fact, when I realized that it stood for ex-patriot I thought it was a bad thing. The actual definition of expat, from the google dictionary, is “someone living outside their native country.”

*I will state now that I will in no way try to relate to anyone who has done long term mission work in foreign countries. I think it is very important that people realize that this is very different. And we are not trying to in any way say that what we have done here is in any way similar to making that kind of sacrifice. 

Growing up the only people I knew that ever moved out of the country were missionaries and I honestly never even pictured myself moving out of state! In fact, when we moved to Memphis from Little Rock my mom told people we were moving to another country. I remember telling her, “mom, there are people at your church whose children have actually moved to other countries to be missionaries. I can’t believe you are telling people that!” 

So you can imagine when we told our parents we were moving to Costa Rica it was quite the shock. Nathan had already been traveling back-and-forth for about five months so it made sense but it just seemed so crazy! I mean we had both lived within three hours of both of our parents for all of our marriage. I have mentioned it on here before but I will say it again… We were just in a place in our lives that was so comfortable that when the opportunity arose we just felt like we would regret it if we did not accept the opportunity and almost 3 years (and a global pandemic) later I can say we are grateful that we did. I will also say that the pandemic has made the last year seem more like two.

Recently I’ve been thinking about some things that are challenging as an expat that I didn’t necessarily have to think about before. One thing that has really been on my mind lately is how you feel like you are mentally divided into two places, but can obviously only be in one. You are kind of always looking forward to the next time you get to go home. Not to say that we don’t really enjoy our time in Costa Rica but it’s usually especially hard right after we get back. For example, we had a really good visit at Christmas seeing all the kids cousins on both sides. We love how they are able to pick up where they left off no matter how long it’s been, so now we are already looking forward to the next time they all get to be together. 

Also, this is obvious, but missing birthdays and holidays and even simple things like nieces and nephews ball games and special events and just feeling like you’re missing them growing up is hard. 

I always hate to complain about the language thing but since I’m always trying to be honest on here…….. our Spanish isn’t great. We’ve been here almost 3 years and we are nowhere close to being fluent. It is our fault and I will blame no one except for us. We live in an area where a lot of English is spoken, we go to a school where English is spoken and most of our friends speak English. Even our Costa Rican friends speak English to us. Looking back, we could have chosen a much more authentic environment and immersed ourselves in the Spanish language but we chose a more comfortable environment and here we are. The pandemic has not helped because we basically have just been with each other. Our Spanish has stalled but we do still practice. All that being said, when we do go places where we need to know Spanish it is frustrating but a good challenge for us to use what we DO know and the kids can usually translate for us :-)

I would say that is probably pretty typical at least with the ex-pats that we are around. Most of them move every couple of years and mostly hang out with other ex-pats and don’t get too immersed in the culture and language because they know that they will be moving again soon.

We have enjoyed getting to know a mixture of local people and ex-pats from all over the world. We know that after this experience we will have connections all over the world and that is really cool.

I would say that is my favorite thing about this experience. Knowing that after this is said and done that we will have friends that have become like family, and places to visit everywhere.

List of other random stuff that I will probably add to:

Paying in Colones

Paying $1,000,000 for gas, clothes, groceries (pretty much anything imported) you just have to decide what you’re willing to pay a lot for and learn to love other local things (like beans and rice here)

Paying for parking EVERYWHERE

No mail or Amazon

no parking spots

The highway reversing every other Sunday to allow the people coming home from the beach to get home faster which means everybody else has to find alternate routes

Really kind people willing to help me out

Forgetting about time changes when making a call

People openly urinating on the side of the road 😳

Gas attendants pump my gas

Tolls everywhere

Trying to take in all the beauty around me and focus on the positive! Hiking with friends. This is one of our favorite things to do here. The beautiful splash pad in our neighborhood at night. Blake and her best friend, Miles. The first part of the school day is over at noon for them so a couple of days a week I pick them up and bring them to the pool for their lunch. Then they finish the second half of the school day at my house. It doesn’t get any better than that!

Prepping To Go Home

My usual routine for the week before we head home for the month for Christmas is making a lot of lists and pre-packing. You may wonder what in the world is pre-packing? There is a lot that goes into packing before I can actually pack the bags……This consist of making a lot of piles. I start with what I think I should bring and then over the week I condense it to what I SHOULD bring. It usually depends on what airline we fly. Sometimes we have to pay per bag so that is really tough. With Southwest we get two checked bags per person so that is always the best but then the kids get no TV screens on the flight 😩 (poor spoiled kids.) This time we are flying United so we have to pay per bag. And we only even get one carry-on. That makes it very difficult for me. It’s not so hard going because we usually don’t have that much because we usually borrow winter clothes from my sister-in-law because it’s very impractical for us to buy things because we don’t need them here. We always have so much more luggage coming back because of Christmas gifts and general shopping. I try to be really efficient and pack empty bags inside other bags.

We are leaving next Saturday the 19th. We plan on being in The States for four weeks. We usually jump all over the place and have sleepovers and play dates. This time it will definitely look different. We are coming from a situation where we have been very isolated since March (driving restrictions, curfew, only Virtual school) and now going through airports and big crowds so we are planning on just laying low and spending time with family. We will not be going to church or large gatherings. 

We plan on taking it day by day. We do know that we are going to wear masks, even with our family, and not take any risks. It is totally worth it to us to be able to see our family. A year is too long!!

Today I spent the day, not making piles, yet, but making extra masks so we will have some new, fun ones to look forward to. Even the baby dolls and our snowman have one. 

It will be difficult because we will have to change the way we normally do family Christmas but it is temporary. No big cousin sleepover in the floor but at least they will get to see each other and we we going to focus on the positive! We are hoping for good weather with both families so we can be outside!This was from a zoom call from my daddy’s 70th birthday Sunday. We are so ready to see each other, masks 😷 and all!

Tripping Over Turtles 🐢

We have had so many “once in a lifetime”experiences here in Costa Rica. Our latest one was Halloween weekend. The experience is called arribada. It is the annual arrival of hundreds of thousands of sea turtles to lay their eggs on the beaches in Costa Rica. And yes, I said hundreds of thousands.

A friend of mine, Forum, had a wonderful trip last year with her family and had told me that we had to do it so I kept that in the back of my mind but had kind of forgotten about it until another friend, Jana, mentioned that they were wanting to go. I told her that I may have some contacts for her, from Forum, and I would get back to her. (We didn’t end up using those contacts because of the covid changes. You typically go at night because the turtles lay the eggs at night, and because of the curfews in place we had to make the tour for 5 o’clock in the morning.) Yet another friend sent us another guides contact info and we we were so thankful! (Thank you Sara!)

Our friends, Jana and family, invited us to come along and after some ill-timed planning in the beginning we got the trip planned. I say ill-timed because we had the house booked based on a weekend that was good for us but when I message the tour guide he said that was a terrible weekend because he thought the mom turtles would be done laying the eggs but the babies would not start hatching yet so we wouldn’t get to see anything. So he strongly advised us to pick another weekend. We had to cancel that house and choose a completely different one. (Jana was doing this. She was so patient!) We thought it was a little ridiculous but followed his advice anyway and we were very glad that we did. We chose the very next weekend but it paid off. 

The house that we stayed at was within about 20 minutes of the area where the turtles hatch. The tour was at 5 AM but he wanted us there at 4:45. It was literally in his backyard. There were about four or five other groups there but we were able to get the tour guides full attention. I would recommend him to anyone who asks. His name was Gilberth. He spoke pretty good English and was very easy to communicate with through the whole process for scheduling and during the tour. He was very knowledgeable and he said his family has been doing this for six generations. You would have thought because of his energy that this was his very first tour! 

When we started the tour it was still dark and I wasn’t thinking that we would get to see very much. Pretty quickly we were able to see teeny tiny little turtles in the sand. They were the same color as the sand and you had to be very careful not to step on them. The picture above is terrible but I wanted to show how difficult it was to see the tiny turtles in the sand. Gilberth had us walk very fast because he knew something very exciting was up ahead.  I had been told that you either see the laying of the eggs or the baby turtles but you don’t ever see both happening at the same time and we were about to get to witness both happening at the same time. It was really amazing!There were turtles everywhere! Blake and her best friend, Miles This turtle stayed here for so long. It is all they can do to make it out of the water and up to the sand. They still have to dig a huge hole and lay over 100 eggs. When they go back down into the water they are so much lighter and relieved. This little guy was missing an arm. We did watch him make it to the water though. That was the best part. Watching these tiny little babies just instinctively know to go straight to the ocean. The kids were cheering for them! The guide was telling us that the turtles do this every month but September through December is just the busiest time here and that Costa Rica is the most popular place in the world for this to happen.😯The picture below is hard to see but it is of a mom laying her eggs. He said that the median amount of eggs is 110 per turtle. We have a video but unfortunately I can’t put videos on here😏

We did not forget about Halloween! We did a little door-to-door trick-or-treating in the house, the little kids did a “not so scary” haunted house, and my friend Jana even got a piñata!

I would highly recommend this experience and I would say that you would need to do it at this time of year. This is a great area. Nosara is very close. There are Airbnb’s. There is a very cool hostel close by called Selina. I know sometimes hostel sounds scary but I had stayed there before and it was a super cool experience. 

Costa Rica Coincidences

**** edited. Before you read this…I AM NOT PREGNANT!! I have already had people contact me and I don’t want any confusion.

I think it is a known thing that when you are pregnant that you see more pregnant women right? I know that was true for me. So, since we found out the we were going to be moving to Costa Rica and in the 2 years and 4 months since we’ve been down here I can’t tell you how many times we have “coincidentally” heard Costa Rica mentioned in movies, books, and tv shows.

Some of you may have noticed this either because you have a connection with Costa Rica or because of us. Or maybe you see it with the place where you live…..I probably would’ve never noticed it but it happens a lot! Even the kids pick up on it. Here are just a few of the ones we’ve noticed.

My absolute favorite mention of Costa Rica is from my favorite TV series, “The Office.” Toby, notoriously decides to go to Costa Rica after he realizes he has no future with Pam, and Michael hates him. But he doesn’t get to enjoy the beauty and Pura Vida lifestyle because he breaks his neck zip lining. (this is one activity that we have enjoyed in The States but have not done here for some reason😏)

Of course there is Jurassic Park and anytime we are driving through some beautiful lush mountainous areas we always comment on how it feels like we’re driving through Jurassic Park.

I can’t remember the names but I have read a lot of books this year and I will just be reading along and the author will just mention Costa Rica. It’s must be a great place to escape to. It just seems so random that it is mentioned so much!

There are several “House Hunter International” episodes here in Costa Rica. Don’t get me started on those…..

Another one is murder mystery shows like dateline and 48 hours….

And of course we can’t forget the “The Tiger King’s” murder mystery…..Carole Baskin’s husband was supposed to be going off to Costa Rica. Maybe I should put up some posters with his picture on them. 🤔

I know there are more and I will add them as they come to me…..

September 2020 Quarantine Check-in

I had someone ask me recently why I hadn’t posted anything lately and when I stopped to think about the answer, all I could think about was the saying “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.”

I always try to be honest in these posts but also not try to sound too negative or make my mom want to come get me. 😩🤣 But seriously, it has been really tough to be going through the pandemic so far from home. It was disappointing at the beginning when we found out we would not be able to go home to visit this summer, but now as we see Christmas approaching, with no real clear answers about the borders opening it’s starting to get downright depressing. 

You have to realize before moving here I don’t think I had gone more than two or three months without seeing my family. I know that sounds a little crazy to some people but that was my reality. And before this pandemic we really had been on a roll of us either going home or someone coming here every 4 to 5 months. If we get to go home at Christmas it will be a year since I’ve seen my side of the family. It’s hard to believe. I know a lot of families do that all the time but WE have never done that. Thank goodness for FaceTime!

I’ve had a few friends and family asked me about some of my social media post mentioning friends that have gone home (to The States) or friends that have moved and they have been able to leave the country because they either work for the US embassy here, or they are moving back to The States permanently.  We are not able to leave because when we tried to come back we would lose our residency here. We would only be able to leave if they open the borders to Tennessee. 

They have started opening the borders to some specific countries and a few US states that seem to be doing well with the virus. (not Tennessee or Arkansas yet.) The stipulations they are putting on these visitors are so strict that I don’t see any of our relatives making the trip any time soon. The stipulations include: Covid testing right before you leave, you have to purchase very expensive travel insurance, and in some instances you are subject to a 14 day quarantine. 

We are still holding out hope that we will be able to go home to visit for Christmas and we are hearing that maybe in October the borders will open more freely. 🤞🏻  For now, the kids are in full-time virtual school mode. And that is not because we were given a choice. The government has made this choice for us. This will be the way it is the least for the whole first semester. We are very happy with how seriously education is taken. They are expected to be in their uniform every day and in a quiet space. Sometimes this can be very difficult considering there are three of them sharing spotty internet (4 counting Nathan) and our house is wide open. There is a lot of shushing and arguing but they will survive. 

Nathan is still working from home 100%. I am basically just here doing housework, keeping them fed, and making sure everyone is quiet and respectful of each other’s workspace. My new hobby is doing puzzles because I don’t get shushed for that😉

We still have driving restrictions and a curfew but they have loosened up on both of these a little. More restaurants and stores are open. Luckily, most restaurants have outdoor seating and masks are required everywhere so it’s pretty safe. It’s not like Covid is getting any better here and that’s why they have loosened up. I think they’re just realizing that all of the super strict restrictions are not helping that much and people have to get back to work. 

The best news that I have is that we have a new family has moved in down the street from us and we have kind of decided to let ourselves be in a bubble together and it has been wonderful. We have been able to cook for each other and share some advice on some of the things that helped us get acclimated to Costa Rica. After truly not spending time with people for five months it has been such a blessing. And it is rare to find families that you just kind of “click with” so naturally.

Quick update on the kids:

Benson is 13 and in 7th grade. He is still playing the trumpet and has a squeaky voice😊 I love his “doesn’t take himself seriously temperament”

Andi Sloane is 11 and in 6th grade. She got glasses this summer 🤓 She is an excellent cook! And she is finding out that middle school is tough! (👇🏼this picture was from the end of her first day of school. She was worn out!) 

Blake Leigh is 9 and in 4th grade. She also got glasses this summer🤓  She is excited that she gets to use a computer for school. She loves to write stories and still loves to play with toys and build forts. I will leave with some pictures.

Blake needed eye protection while making lemonade Sloane made me an amazing cake for Mother’s Day This was From a little vacation we took right before school started in Santa Teresa. We all enjoyed paddle boarding. This was From Costa Rica Mother’s Day 👆🏻this is our new friend, Bebhinn. She and Sloane are in the same grade and she lives down the street. We are so thankful to have made instant friends! They are already baking together. 

Please continue to keep us in your prayers and our families back home to stay safe and healthy!

First World Problems (This post is just for laughs🤣)

So, I have been doing my own hair since I was 12 years old. Cut and color, all of it. Since the show “Friends” came out and I spotted Rachel Green’s shaggy hair. I am not saying that I have always done a good job. I have had some MAJOR fails. From pixies to long bobs, from almost black to zebra stripes in my hair, I have done it all but I can’t blame anyone but myself.

When we moved to Costa Rica I brought a bunch of supplies with me. Not because I thought I would work here but because I knew that I would have to keep up with my own hair. I am not just talking about just color (highlighting powder, color, and developer), but I am talking about shampoo, conditioner, and all the products that you can imagine that I would use.

I had no idea what I would have access to here. I’m sure that I have not been looking in the right places but I’m not finding the products that I normally use and remember NO AMAZON! AND I am used to getting these products at a stylist rate so I refuse to pay full price.

The first couple of trips back home I would restock some of my most beloved products and then it just got to be where we didn’t have room for it. So here we are. I am a girl addicted to coloring her hair. I have no clue what color my hair really is and this is all I have left!! Looks like I will be going back to what I think God gave me and I will live with it until we are back in the states again. Luckily, I really am not that high maintenance and I will be just fine 😊

Quarantine Check-in

I have had several people asking me what it is like here during this pandemic. Some have wondered how different things are here from The States and other countries. I can’t speak for other countries but I can paint a picture of what it looks like in Costa Rica in the 4th month of the Covid-19 pandemic. I have already talked about this some but I thought I would do a little check in. 

Things started out very good here in Costa Rica. Our bread and butter is tourism and this all stared in the busy season and that is not ideal but even so the government took it very seriously and put very strict social distancing, driving restrictions, and closed businesses and schools very quickly. Recently though, we have experienced our numbers going up more rapidly. When you look at the numbers as a whole country it doesn’t seem like much but you have to remember that we are a very small county.

We have 7,231 reported cases of Covid-19. (For prospective, the population of Costa Rica is about 5 million.) We have been under very specific and very enforced driving restrictions since March. Right now, we (Nathan and I) are only allowed to drive on Thursday and Sunday and in most areas the curfew is 5:00pm and the latest is 7:00pm. In the areas where the curfew is 5pm (where the cases are the highest) you can only drive to essential businesses (hospitals, pharmacies, and grocery stores.) 

You may ask how they decide what days you get to drive. It is all based on the last number of your license plate. If you get caught driving on a plate restriction day then you get fined about $200. I can’t tell you how many times I have gotten about halfway to where I’m going and panicked about whether or not I was supposed to be driving that day. I finally picked up on the pattern of what days I could drive and then they changed it recently. 

Nathan is still required to work 100% from home. (But so happy to have a job🙏🏽🙌🏽) Pictured above is his homemade standing desk. Made from a boogie board.

Buses and public transportation are only operating at 20%. Playgrounds and public areas are closed. All restaurants are closed on weekends. These are just a few things that come to mind but I know there are more. On a positive note, I have to mention that our grocery stores shelves are stocked and we have plenty of toilet paper and paper towels. We have not gone with out and I’m very thankful.  I don’t mention these things to complain I just want to paint a picture of what it’s like because I do think that Costa Rica has made some very important tough decisions to slow the spread of the virus. 

Masks are required and I am happy to wear it. My kids need to be back in school and whatever I need to do to make that happen I’m happy to do it. If I need to wear a hazmat suit to go to the grocery store I’ll do that🤪

I don’t say that because I am so ready to get them out of the house but because they need to get to be with their friends and teachers. I’m not in a hurry. Whatever time it takes to get the vaccine and make things safe is great. I just see what a toll this is taking on them emotionally. 

I can hardly even stand to get on social media lately because of all the negativity and arguing about masks. I am just trying to stay positive. I tell Nathan all the time that I’m just so proud that we have been stuck together for all these months and our kids haven’t hurt each other!! That’s a big deal! They are each other’s only in-person friends right now and for the foreseeable future.

We are sad that we are not going to be able to go to The States this summer and I just can’t believe that I will go so long without seeing my family BUT I want everyone to be safe and healthy. It’s like I tell my kids often….this is temporary. In the meantime we are enjoying our neighborhood, trying to enjoy some local beauty, exercising and cooking a lot. Blake is starting a little virtual summer program tomorrow. And then very soon it will be time for school for everyone. It will be virtual again I’m sure and that will be fine. We are very fortunate to have that option. 

2 Year Celebration

Two posts two days in a row! That’s what happens when you have too much time on your hands! I just wanted to talk about our celebration while it was still fresh on my mind. The kids had school and Nathan had work for most of the day but last night we had Costa Rican food, gallo pinto and beef and potato picadillo. And Sloane made an amazing surfboard cake. Her inspiration was Nathan’s Costa Rica tattoo. She was able to put together our Memphis roots with our love of surfing and Costa Rica. It was beautiful and it tasted delicious.

After we ate we decided to carry on our tradition of painting rocks. We did this last year as well. We wanted to do something that was meaningful but also something kind of relaxing and fun. When we were trying to decide what to do last year Nathan remembered the story of the Israelites leaving Egypt and read this to the kids.  He said to the Israelites, “In the future when your descendants ask their parents, ‘What do these stones mean?’ tell them, ‘Israel crossed the Jordan on dry ground.’ For the Lord your God dried up the Jordan before you until you had crossed over. The Lord your God did to the Jordan what he had done to the Red Sea when he dried it up before us until we had crossed over. He did this so that all the peoples of the earth might know that the hand of the Lord is powerful and so that you might always fear the Lord your God. ”

Joshua 4:21-24 –

We keep these stones from last year where we can see them. Pictured below.

And here are the ones from this year. Some of us get a little bit more into it than others.. The top three pictures are mine. It’s just one stone that has three sides. The first one that you can see is half sunset/half beach. The second side is an eye with a few tears because it’s been a hard year and it also has a boa constrictor on it because there was a massive one spotted it in our neighborhood and our house had to be modified a bit because there is a huge opening in our laundry room so I had to complain to the homeowner to get that closed off because it terrified me. There is also a bug because our house is filled with bugs, more on that later… And the third side has lots of friends because we have made friends that feel like family❤️

The next two blue ones are Benson and Blakes. Benson’s is just blue because he likes blue and didn’t want to put a lot of time and effort into it. Blake said that underneath there somewhere it says 3A for the class that she is in this year and there is a C for coronavirus but you just can’t see it :-)

Nathan did the Yin and Yang sign because you have to look at the good and the bad in everything. You can’t just focus on one or the other. Sloane made 2 rocks. One is more focused on coronavirus with a mask and a heart and the other is about her love for our dog Blue.

Some little critters tried to rain on our parade during the rock painting and Sloane tried her best to knock them out. I wish it would let me show the video. She was hysterical she had two of these bug zapper’s going. Look at the ceiling and the floor. They were everywhere.I’m not kidding when I say we had an invasion. My Costa Rican friends can correct me if I’m wrong on this but someone told us they are Costa Rican termites. They invade for just a short time but they are no joke. They come in and leave their wings all over the house and I’m not sure if they actually do any damage like they do in the states. Our homeowner was not concerned so I guess they’re just a nuisance. I’m going to leave a few pictures here to show just how much of a nuisance they are.These pictures were just from last night. And I didn’t even take pictures of all of our sinks and showers that were covered in them. 

All in all we had a good day and we are happy to be wrapping school up next week. I will leave with these beautiful flowers that Nathan got for me yesterday.


Today marks 2 years of us living in Costa Rica. In some ways this pandemic has made it seem so much longer than that. There are so many things that we love about living here and not getting to enjoy them is making it really hard. For example, spending time with new friends that have become like family, the sights, our school, and the beaches, well, at least I like the beaches.

Our school campus has been closed since March 12, but we have been very fortunate to have full-time online school since then. The kids still have two weeks and they are ready for a break. Although, I’m not really sure how we will fill our time. We have tickets to go to the states at the end of June but they keep extending the border closures so we’re not sure. The neighborhood pool is still closed and we still have driving restrictions. We are trying to make the most of our time at home by playing games, cooking, watching too much tv 😱, playing video games virtually with cousins, and FaceTiming with grandparents.

If we don’t get to come home this summer we will just exchange our tickets and wait until Christmas. Hopefully we can fly my parents here when the borders open again. We are hopeful that that will happen sometime late summer. We will be looking forward to that. Until then, hopefully when the beaches open back up I can drag my family for a beach trip somewhere with a pool and some new scenery to look at with no computers and no grumbling.

Isn’t it all so unpredictable right now everywhere though? What will school look like in the fall? We are not guaranteed normalcy. We are not guaranteed jobs. I think I just assumed that someone would snap their fingers and everything was just going to go back to normal. That is so naive.

I am so thankful that Costa Rica is taking this so seriously. I feel very safe here. If it wasn’t for feeling so far away from family and friends I would really be in good shape. I’ve said this before but it’s really just this feeling of isolation and the knowing that if I needed to get home I couldn’t.

On a completely different note, I used to be really into running, it was the cheapest form of exercise that I could do when the kids were really little and just about the only thing I could find time for since they were so close in age. I’ve been very unmotivated since we moved here. One of my very best friends, Courtney Reasons, has been very inspirational. She is very vocal about her struggles with weight and feeling unmotivated to exercise. She’ll set running goals and put them out there for everyone to see and she’s very transparent and I appreciate that about her. Today’s her birthday, shout out to Courtney! And she mentioned to a few of us that she was wanting to run 6.1 miles for her birthday and wanted to see if some of us wanted to commit to running some mileage for her birthday and so I said I would commit but didn’t know how many I would commit to (because I am very out of shape and uncommitted) and kind of at the last minute I said I would do 6.1 but it will probably take me all day to do it. I knew that Sloane and I would do part of it this morning and then I would try to do the rest throughout the day.

This morning I decided to do it all this morning because it is SO STINKING 🥵 and I would even do an extra 10th of a mile to commemorate two years in CR on June 1 so 6-1 for Court and 6.2 for 2 years in June.  It was hard and SUPER SLOW but I did it and it felt so good to set a goal and actually accomplish it. So here’s to Courtney!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY 🎈🎉🎁 and here’s to 2 years living in Costa Rica!!And here’s to Andi Sloane running 2.38 miles